How to improve blood glucose control (reactive hyperglycemia and
Two natural ways to achieve normal blood sugar regulation
Written by Chris Prokop based on his interview with Dr. Artour Rakhimov
Breathing techniques and diets are very powerful to restore normal
blood glucose regulation and health of people with cancer, heart
disease, HIV-AIDS, diabetes, asthma, COPD, epilepsy and many other
chronic diseases. What are the best diets and what are the most
effective breathing methods to stabilize blood sugar levels naturally
and achieve normal health preventing these abnormal blood sugar
reactions related to too high and too low levels of blood glucose after
meals or due to chronically high blood glucose as in diabetes? In
this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov addresses the question of natural treatment, "How to improve
blood glucose control and problems with reactive hyperglycemia and
reactive hypoglycemia naturally?"
Dr. Artour Rakhimov has personal experience with reactive hyperglycemia
and reactive hypoglycemia over 15 years ago, in 2000. This experience
is described below.
Insulin response and abnormal blood sugar control after a meal: biochemical mechanism of reactive hyperglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia
After a meal, especially breakfast, a person with reactive
hyperglycemia will have continually rising blood sugar levels beyond
the medical norm. That will often lead to a frequent need to urinate
every 20 – 30 minutes. When blood sugar is 3-4 times above the
norm the body releases it through the urine. People may also
experience the opposite effect later, in about 10-30 minutes. Increased
levels of insulin in blood is going to cause reactive hypoglycemia
where the sugar levels drop very low or below the normal range.
At these moments of reactive hypoglycemia, people experience feeling
cold, stressed, anxious and irritated. Doctors recommend having a
snack at this time to provide you with energy from carbohydrates.
These steps can be described as following:
- After a meal, blood glucose rises
- Insulin response is weak or delayed
- Blood sugar gets above the norm (hyperglycemia)
- More insulin is produced
- Insulin drives glucose into cells
- Blood glucose drops to normal levels
- Blood glucose gets below the normal range (hypoglycemia).
The image below depicts these changes.
There are two methods that treat and cure reactive hyperglycemia and
reactive hypoglycemia naturally. Using breathing exercises (Buteyko
Method) and physical activity Dr. Rakhimov was able to completely
eliminate the symptoms of both of them. Dr. Rakhimov breathed
about 3-4 times more than the medical norm and his body oxygen test was
10 seconds. He tried to use low GI index foods and it only helped
partially. When he improved his body oxygen test to 20 seconds he
greatly decreased his hyperglycemia. While, for his hypoglycemia
he would feel much better and would only get mild headaches.
Weeks later when he got 30 seconds for his CP (control pause) his sugar
levels were just a little bit above the norm after breakfast and his
hypoglycemia was gone.
Since then, he observed the same clinical picture in his students who
also learned how to breathe in accordance with medical norms. The
conclusion is following: with 40 – 50 seconds for the morning CP (body
oxygen test result in seconds), people would hardly notice
hyperglycemia symptoms because of only doing breathing exercises and
changing their automatic breathing without any dietary changes. By regulating our breathing we can regulate blood sugar control naturally.
The second way of dealing with blood sugar control relates to changes
in diet. Historically or from the evolutionary viewpoint, fat was
used a lot more in our diet than carbohydrates (and sugars) as an
energy source. There are much fewer changes in blood sugar levels
when using fats. People willing to use stricter methods may adopt
the therapeutic ketogenic diet that has less less than 20 g of
carbohydrates per day. The body then would use blood ketones
(produced from fat) as the main energy source. Problems with
blood glucose disappear because there is no blood glucose in the blood
when not eating carbohydrates. Additionally, the insulin response
disappears. In turn, reactive hyperglycemia and reactive
hypoglycemia naturally vanish. This is done without any extra
breathing retraining. Fruits, starches, bean, lentils are all
taken out of the low carb diet, while meat, cheeses, eggs, greens and
some vegetables are still allowed. In other diets, such as the
Caveman diet, Atkins diet and the Paleo diet, starches and grains are
taken out too. This also improves blood glucose control
problems. The optimum approach would be to use diet and breathing
retraining together to achieve astonishing health benefits.
The Buteyko Breathing Method comes from Dr. KP Buteyko. He was a
leading Soviet physiologist and doctor who discovered his breathing
retraining method from observing the relation of hyperventilation and
dying patients in hospitals. Dr. Buteyko noticed how
hyperventilation worsened the symptoms of patients, including worsened
blood sugar control in people with diabetes, and how breathing less
eliminated their symptoms naturally normalizing blood glucose responses
and insulin production and effectiveness. Likewise, in the West,
doctors came to the similar conclusion about the relation of
hyperventilation and how it increases the symptoms of sick
patients. Dr. Buteyko also had personal experience with breathing
less to get rid of his hypertension. Since his discovery, the
Buteyko Method has been successfully used in clinical trials on a very
extensive list of diseases.